Online Resources for School and Fun

The COVID-19 Pandemic of Spring 2020 made me think about how reliant we are on using the internet to learn, access information, communicate with each other, and have fun. The internet can help us visit places, try things, see things, experience aspects of life virtually that we can't currently achieve physically. But, the internet is infinite and can be very difficult to navigate. To help you, I've curated a list of websites you may find useful and/or fun. If you come across a website you think belongs on this list, please share it with me and I'll check it out!--Mrs. Curtis

Mid-Continent Public Library
MCPL has databases, tutorials, live online tutoring, eBooks and audiobooks, all accessible to you with just your student ID! Just type in s and your number to access all that MCPL has to offer. 


Cameron's Collection  Password: parkhill  A wonderful resource for teen health and wellness eBooks.

Dance Sweat Live  Short YouTube videos of mini-workouts to upbeat music. 2-5 minutes long. Very fun if you "like to move it, move it!"


Center for Disease Control (CDC)  Website for information on symptoms, guidelines, and recommendations. 

FEMA Rumor Control  It can be hard to separate fact from fiction when the situation is sometimes changing rapidly. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has started a webpage dedicated specifically to COVID-19 rumor control and helping people figure out the facts. 

Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center  Website to help create a better understanding of the virus and keep everyone informed. 

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services  Website for information related to COVID-19 and other health issues.

Platte County Health Department  Information on the changes to Platte County Health Department services. Call before you arrive. 

UMKC LibGuide on Coronavirus  A multi-lingual guide providing information the pubic needs to know about the virus and a site to virus-related facts. 


The Louvre Museum, Paris, France

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York City  Take a virtual tour through the Google Arts and Culture App. Modern Art.

The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA  Take a virtual tour through the Google Arts and Culture App. A wide variety of art from the 8th century to the 21st century. 

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea Take a virtual tour through the Google Arts and Culture App. Modern Art. 

"Draw Everyday with JJK"  Short drawing lessons on Author/Illustrator, Jarrett J. Krosoczka's, YouTube channel


COVID-19 Storybook  Very simple storybook that explains COVID-19. Interactive. Free to download. Multiple languages. Open Educational Resource. Good for a quick and simple explanation and to read to younger family members. 

Neal Shusterman Reading His Own Books  Link to YouTube where Neal Shusterman reads his own works. 

Jarrett Lerner Comic Books  Visit this author's website to finish comics he started. 

Where the Heart Is, Jo Knowles  Author Jo Knowles, will read from her book and provide a writing assignment. 


Anne Frank's House  Take a virtual tour through the Google Arts and Culture App. 

Ford's Theater   Take a virtual tour through the Google Arts and Culture App. Tour the theater where Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. 

Private Tour of WWII Museum  

Tour the American Civil Rights Museum

Colonial Williamsburg  Visit a town in Colonial America to see how people lived before we became the USA. 


Programming and Coding Glossary  (shared by E. Cooper)

CODE Learn Computer Science

Codecademy  Web development, Programming, Data Science

CodeCombat  Pay for lessons in coding. 

Scratch  Create stories, games, and animations to share with others.

Microsoft MakeCode Arcade  Tutorials, games, game design 

Tynker  May have to pay for lessons. 


Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C. 

Kansas City Zoo  24/7 Penguin Cam. Do I need to say anything more???

My Hero Environmental Films  Middle school appropriate short films on the environment. 

March Mammal Madness

Kennedy Space Center  

The Solar System  Tour the solar system. 

Mars  Take a virtual tour of Mars. Talk about "social distancing"! 

Virtual Marine Biology Camp  Oceans Initiative is streaming live at 9am every Monday and Thursday on Facebook and Instagram @OceansInitiative. Visit their website for more information at Oceans Initiative


Multiplying Fractions  A short video tutorial on multiplying fractions with different denominators because, honestly, I know I need a reminder. 

Khan Academy 6th Grade Math

Khan Academy 7th Grade Math

Khan Academy 8th Grade Math

Khan Academy Pre-Algebra

Khan Academy Algebra Basics

Khan Academy Algebra I

Khan Academy is an excellent website for video tutorials and practice problems. 


Georgia Aquarium  Offers a number of different webcam exhibits to visit. 

National Aquarium  Click on "Explore Scenes" to visit 10 different exhibits.

San Diego Zoo  One of the best zoos in the country offer videos, activities and games on this website. There are resources for grownups, too. 

The White House  Tour the White House with the Google Arts and Culture app. No, you won't see the President! 

Ellis Island  Do you come from a family of immigrants? I do! And it's possible that some of my family passed through Ellis Island when they arrived in the United States. Take a virtual tour and see what it was like for immigrants arriving in the US.

Yosemite National Park  Need to see the great outdoors? Take a virtual tour of Yosemite.

Grand Canyon National Park  Take a virtual tour or go on a virtual hike. 

The Great Wall of China  Tired of hanging out in the US? Why not visit China?

Antarctica  It's a very short tour of Antarctica, but it's really too cold there to stay very long. 

Machu Picchu  The 360 degree view is stunning from the top of Machu Picchu, ruins from the Inca civilization in Peru. You have to see this!

Solar System Tour  Maybe you're starting to think that Earth is getting a little, well, germ-y. Time to take a trip out into space. Let's tour the solar system. That will give a new meaning to the term "social distancing." 

Mars  Take a virtual tour of Mars. Talk about "social distancing"!